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Uni Connect (NCOP) - Linking London Update

Between the start of September and the end of November 2020, our colleagues delivered an impressive 409 activities with 384 learners, of which 209 live in Uni Connect (NCOP) target wards.

These figures are really pleasing and put us in a strong position to meet our target of working with 286 ward learners this academic year, as set to us by the DfE.

The majority of activities delivered have been one-to-one support, with a range of topics being covered including general IAG, UCAS, personal statements, CVs, careers guidance, and subject specific sessions. Most sessions have been delivered to students on site in college, although in various ways including through virtual talks livestreamed by our HE partners, in classrooms. Our colleages working in colleges have also maintained the delivery of support to students isolating at home, via phone and email, and continue to do so during the current partial closures.

In Hub 1, Nancy Griffin joins us this week as Engagement Coordinator across Havering College of Further and Higher Education and Barking and Dagenham College, working from home for now but still aiming to get involved in sessions with students virtually and then in person when circumstances permit. UAL delivered portfolio webinars for a range of subjects, with excellent feedback from students, and Engagement Coordinators continued to provide vital personal statement feedback and UCAS sessions. In Hub 2, at Coulsdon College our Engagement Officer continues to provide UCAS and personal statement support under considerable pressure, assisted by colleagues at Middlesex University. At LSEC, plans were formed for the Spring term with Middlesex and St Mary’s and support for Level 2 learners starts in earnest this term, looking at soft skills, revision techniques, and GCSE resit support. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama will be delivering a set of virtual workshops this term, for Level 2 and 3 ward learners on acting and dance courses. Overall, in terms of reporting, December was a short month, but momentum only increased and great progress was made towards our targets. This term we face new challenges but continue to collaborate and find creative solutions.


Linking London NCOP – Outreach Hub Update

Prior to Christmas we began planning for the year ahead and as always, we wish to be as much help as possible to our College partners. Therefore, we will be distributing a survey shortly so we can gauge what partners would value most from the Outreach Hub this term and beyond – please look out for it and feedback to help inform our offer! On February the 10th we will be hosting our first virtual event of the term, focusing on the value of the Humanities where we have speakers from Morley College, New College of the Humanities and Prospects. We will be sending invitations to this virtual event next week and it would be great to “see” as many as possible of you there. Additional resources are in the pipeline, namely a Health and Social Care student facing mini guide as well as further curriculum to careers posters. Our bulletin continues to highlight online outreach activities, you can see past issues here and subscribe here. As always, if you have any questions or requests for support, do get in touch with Jess or Melanie.


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